Good morning, friends! Today, I thought I’d have a change of pace and share some of my favorite things from the wonderful autumn season thus far …
Upon getting back into the routine of being home on the weekends, I decided that my home office needed a little refreshment since I plan to be spending much more time in here in the months to come. I happened to find this beauty at one of my favorite hometown shops, Bungalow 47, and I couldn’t be more pleased with how it looks on my cranberry walls. I adore cows, and ‘Clara Bell’ (my name for this masterpiece), makes a GREAT addition to my sacred space!
In addition to Clara Bell, I also framed this lovely print from the fabulous Lindsay Letters on the opposite wall in my home office. I picked this up at The Sashes Market, part of The Influence Conference, and it serves as a fun reminder of my time spent in Indianapolis, as well as to ‘live creatively’ in my days!
My brother surprised us with a trip home from Colorado prior to starting his new position at Lockheed Martin. It was so nice to see him and catch up on life while he was here. I am hoping that we will have the chance to connect again over the holidays, and I am very much looking forward to a trip out there in the new year to visit with him and my nephew, not to mention a chance to soak up some of that incredible western sunshine!
Of course, one of the absolute BEST parts of this season is the changing colors of the trees. Here in Michigan, we see a bold display of God’s glory in creation as the leaves pop with boldness and brightness, making the outdoors technicolor, especially following a rainstorm. Taking a few moments to bask in the beauty of this season and in what He’s teaching us through times of change does the soul a tremendous amount of good.
Spending time with our good friends has also been a wonderful treat in this season. Whether its spending time outside, watching football, getting together for lunch or dinner, or even just hanging out and doing nothing, we always manage to have a great time and share a good laugh or two. We’ve been blessed in friendship and look forward to time spent with the fabulous people in our lives in the months to come.
Nothing beats watching a great football game on Saturday afternoons, and I am proud to say that my Michigan State University Spartans are having an excellent season thus far! Two weekends ago I had the pleasure of attending the MSU / U of M game and it was awesome to be in the stadium as we achieved victory over the Wolverines. Tonight I hope we continue our winning streak as we play against the Ohio State Buckeyes on our home turf. Go Green, Go White, Go State!
Those who know me best, know my passion for books. For my birthday, I got a couple of gift cards to one of my favorite bookstores, and with them, I stocked up on a few good reads for the season. Books on creativity, rest, and influence … just the topics to get cozy with on chilly fall evenings!
For me, autumn serves as a great opportunity to try out new creative projects. My hubby surprised me with an ESV Journaling Bible for my birthday, a great way to connect with God’s Word and express my artistic side at the same time. Of course, I couldn’t just leave the binding plain, so I went to Hobby Lobby and found the perfect items to create a fun cover! (It’s amazing what you can do with a little glue, fabric and washi tape!) I’m excited to try out this new way of engaging with God’s Word!
Lastly, one of my most favorite parts of this season is the slowing down of life and the opportunity to enjoy quality time on the home-front with my hubby. We’ve made a commitment to date each other more and be tourists in our town, partaking of some of the local events and visiting a few of our favorite places that we don’t get to enjoy much in the warmer months. I’m looking forward to moments spent around the table, next to the fire, and by the Christmas tree in the weeks to come.
What are some of your favorite things this time of year? What are you most enjoying this season?
I wish all of you a beautiful and blessed finish to autumn!